Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is where we chop vegetables, knead dough, do homework, pause for a cup and a bite, or share supper with friends. It is the place where ideas take root and blossom.
Coming up next, October 7, 2021

Time to change the plate: the challenge of communal catering

Welcome to the first of this season’s OFS Kitchen Table Conversations on a subject of universal interest – what we put in our mouths when we’re not in control of the kitchen.

It comes to us all – whether in school, university or office canteen; or we grab a bite in a fast food outlet; or we spend time in hospital or in some other situation where institutional eating is the only option – the realisation that our planet can no longer sustain a meat-heavy diet. We have invited some folks who are driving the change we all need so badly.

Watch this space

Starting in October: the Wiki Club, a new group gathering at our Kitchen Table

We are excited to invite all those in the OFS community to join us in a new endeavour to improve the content and raise the profile of food-related articles on Wikipedia. Meeting on-line monthly and hosted by expert Wiki trainer Roberta Wedge with trustee Polly Russell, these informal, friendly and informative sessions will coordinate and support your efforts to edit Wikipedia and work on specific, particularly blatant issues. Novices, experts and the Wiki-curious are all welcome to join, just once, or each month, so we can create a community committed to building up the food content on the world’s largest encyclopedia and its sister projects.

Our Mission

Together at the Table

The idea for monthly gatherings on a regular basis orginated at the 2020 VSymp, when a necessity became a vision and then a virtual reality, allowing us to come together, discuss and share, learn and laugh – almost like in Oxford, at St Catz. That exceptional experience made us understand how important it is to create and safeguard an accessible online space where our community can meet and grow, independent from any commercial or political interests, travel restraints or health scares.

For everyone with a deep interest in food who feels the need to change the conversation, the Oxford Food Symposium’s Kitchen Table presents single subject, hosted discussions, with all voices respected. Unlike the distance that comes with a keynote delivered from a lectern, these are informal, personal encounters around a table, to share ideas and spark constructive debate on issues that profoundly affect us all. So pull up a chair and join us!